ELDA TRIO

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Emilia Mårtensson
is a London based Swedish vocalist and composer of considerable repute. After her two latest album releases Emilia has built a well- deserved reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK Jazz scene and she has this year been nominated for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Her gently expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly rooted within the folklore and countryside of her native southern Sweden, adding to the mystique and allure of a distinctive and truly original artist…MORE ON ARTIST PAGE

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Janez Dovč
Accordionist, multiinstrumentalist & composer with bachelor degree in physic. Was a member of Terrafolk (BBC World Music Award 2003) and is currently a member of different music bands and projects, collaborating with many slovenian and international artist (among them Simone Zanchini, Neil Innes, The Cat Empire, Arvid Engegard, Chris Eckman, Josipa Lisac, Eliades Ochoa (Buena Vista Social Club), Tommy Emmanuel, Emmanuel Villaume, George Pehlivanian, Una Palliser etc..)…MORE ON ARTIST PAGE
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Adriano Adewale
was born in Sao Paulo‚ Brazil. He moved to London in 2000 and formed his first UK band Sambura, which released one album: Cru. Performing in various festivals and venues, Adriano was introduced to Antonio Forcione and soon became part of the Antonio Forcione Quartet which has been performing all over the world…
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Elda trio is a new project comprised of Swedish vocalist, Emilia Mårtensson, Slovenian accordian player Janez Dovč and Brazilian percussionist, Adriano Adewale.  In their attempt to weave together these three different folkloric cultures the ensemble has explored the breadth and depth of approach to storytelling and music from each country. What emerges is a fascinating tapestry of musical cultures, with one foot in tradition and the other firmly in the future.

 

Dear Friends,

It is exactly a year ago now that a new idea for a project started to develop in my mind. I had been working with Janez Dovc on and off for about a year at this point, an incredible accordion player and composer from Slovenia.

Being half Slovene myself and having grown up with a Grandfather who always played Slovenian accordion music in the car whilst driving me to my many different music lessons as a child, I’d always dreamt about working with an accordionist. Collaborating with Janez who is one of Slovenia’s top accordion players was for sure like a dream come true. For both me and my Granddad!

I had the pleasure of introducing yet another amazing musician to my Granddad a few years ago. Adriano Adewale is a London based percussionist and composer from Brazil who worked with me on my latest album ‘Ana’. Working with Adriano is always so exciting. I love his approach to music and how he always goes looking for the truth and honesty in the music and always seems to find it. I believe my Grandfather’s first words to Adriano after having heard him play for the first time was -“When you hit those things you make art!” Haha!

Putting the three of us together in an attempt to blend our different cultural and musical backgrounds together through original compositions seemed like an exciting thing to do. Our main inspiration source whilst creating this new set of music was folk music and folk tales from our three different countries. These new songs also contains open sections for improvisation with the intention of creating something new each time we perform this material. It has also been exciting to combine a more modern approach with the use of electronics together with a more traditional approach and use of traditional instruments.

So far it has been a very exciting journey and one I’ve learnt so much from.

I am very grateful to PRSF for funding this project through their ‘Women Make Music’ Scheme. Their support has enabled me to see this project through.

The album was produced by Chris Hyson and recorded by Alex Killpartrick at The Giant Wafer Studios in Wales. 

The album is out on September 23rd on ‘Two Rivers Records’ and the album launch will be held at Kings Place on the 22nd of September. 

We look forward to sharing it with you!

Emilia x